fatherly ADJECTIVE referring to a father, especially in being protective and affectionate.
DERIVATIVES fatherliness noun.

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  • Fatherly — Fa ther*ly, a. 1. Like a father in affection and care; paternal; tender; protecting; careful. [1913 Webster] You have showed a tender, fatherly regard. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a father. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fatherly — index paternal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fatherly — O.E. fæderlic; see from FATHER (Cf. father) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fatherly — [fä′thərlē] adj. [ME faderly < OE fæderlic] 1. of a father 2. having traits considered typical of fathers; kind, protective, wise, etc.; paternal adv. Archaic as a father fatherliness n …   English World dictionary

  • fatherly — adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or befitting a father < fatherly responsibilities > 2. resembling a father (as in affection or care) < a fatherly old man > • fatherliness noun • fatherly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fatherly — fatherliness, n. /fah dheuhr lee/, adj. 1. of, like, or befitting a father. adv. 2. Obs. in the manner of a father. [bef. 1000; ME faderly, OE faederlic. See FATHER, LY] Syn. 1. FATHERLY, PATERNAL refer to the relationship of a male parent to his …   Universalium

  • fatherly — [[t]fɑ͟ːðə(r)li[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Fatherly feelings or actions are like those of a kind father. His voice filled with fatherly concern... He took my arm in a fatherly way. Syn: paternal …   English dictionary

  • fatherly — fa|ther|ly [ˈfa:ðəli US ðər ] adj [only before noun] kind and gentle in a way that is considered typical of a good father ▪ He took my arm in a fatherly way. ▪ fatherly advice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fatherly — adjective kind and gentle in a way that is considered typical of a good father: Howard put a fatherly arm around her. | fatherly advice …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fatherly — adjective /ˈfɑːðəli/ a) Characteristic of what is considered the ideal behaviour pertaining to fatherhood. fatherly advice b) Characteristic of fathers, paternal …   Wiktionary

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